What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job in the industry was as a real estate paralegal in 1995. My primary job was assisting with real estate closings and litigation.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? My stress relievers are laughing, traveling, reading, watching a great movie and enjoying a nice meal.
Where did you grow up? I grew up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii until the age of 18. Then, I moved to Silver Springs, MD. I’ve been in the Atlanta area since 1992.
Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up, I wanted to be an entertainment lawyer.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would love to have lunch with Oprah. Her words are inspiring, and she is such an influential woman. I’m sure I would gain a wealth of knowledge in just that short of time.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? Locally, I enjoying professional network events. If I need a quick getaway it would be to Savannah.
What do you love most about the industry? I love the diversity of the industry and helping all people. With real estate, I’m able to help and celebrate the first-time homebuying; with my commercial clients I’m able to help them achieve the ultimate American Dream of becoming an entrepreneur; with my investors, I’m able to help them build their financial wealth; and of course with sellers, I’m able to help them adjust to their lifestyle either by upgrading or downsizing.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I pride myself on my commercial real estate knowledge. Commercial sales tends to be more of a male-dominated arena, and I love the fact that I’m not usually what they expect to see as a woman. Along with my sharp negotiating skills and creative thinking, I MAKE IT HAPPEN.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult aspect of the real estate industry is the journey itself. The lending laws and mortgage requirements change consistently. It’s difficult to watch my clients emotions adjust to some of the hurdles that must be addressed in order to get the deal closed.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I attend quite a few network group events locally, as well as attend my clients’ events, such as grand openings and dinner parties.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishments to date has been my longevity and stability in the industry, and being able to maintain my real estate career full time in a depressed market.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last good movie I saw was “The Bobby Jones Story,” and the last good book I read was the Bible.
What is your favorite restaurant? I have a couple of favorite restaurants, but Houston’s would be my first choice, and any other place that has a nice ambiance and serves great seafood.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The King and Queen buildings in Sandy Springs.
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Mercedes CLK 320 Coupe to make money, and I drive a Mercedes SL500 Convertible when I want to enjoy the money I make in real estate.
Smartphone or paper? Both Smartphone and paper
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? My favorite city would be Savannah. It’s a nice short drive from Atlanta, and the food is great.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? My advice to someone new to the industry is to maintain your integrity and stay knowledgeable of the industry.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Samsung Scout GPS; I rely on it to navigate through the city.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? I like to follow people who inspire and motivate me to be successful and stay positive.
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